“Nurses, like everyone else, have personal values,” adds Cynda Rushton, a Johns Hopkins professor of bioethics with appointments in the School of Nursing and the Berman Institute. “And sometimes those values are in conflict with what their patient may be asking them to do or participate in. Nurses have to find a way to reconcile their own moral values with the obligations of their profession.”

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Respect in the ICU

June 8, 2015

Beginning in 2012, Gail Geller, a professor in the School of Medicine with a history of addressing ethical questions, and several ethicists at the Berman Institute of Bioethics began examining issues of respect and dignity in ICUs. Their research was part of Project Emerge, an ongoing study by the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Research involving human subjects is littered with a history of scandal that often shapes people’s views of the ethics of research. Often the earliest cited case is English physician Edward Jenner’s development of the smallpox vaccine in 1796, where he injected an eight-year-old child with the pus taken from a cowpox infection and then deliberately exposed her to an infected carrier of smallpox

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Jonathan Moreno: Twenty years ago, a committee appointed by President Bill Clinton reported on decades of radiation experiments conducted under the auspices of the federal government. I was a senior staff member of that committee. Even though I had been teaching bioethics for 15 years, I was stunned to discover that my understanding of my field was drastically incomplete

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The big question is why is MERS suddenly spreading like a cold — or worse? “What we now see in South Korea is kind of interesting and kind of worrying,” says Vincent Munster

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Think of how often you stop by Walgreens or CVS. You run in and grab some Band-Aids or restock your ibuprofen supply. Maybe you even get a flu shot on your way to work. Soon, it will be that easy for women in California to get birth control, too

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Issue gained traction after Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon to end her life in November

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An FDA advisory panel on Thursday voted 18 to 6 in support of approving a drug that would help to increase libido in women who lack sexual desire. Whether flibanserin receives official approval remains to be seen

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